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Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Price: £20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... but not *twice* as excellent as Finish All In 1s, 30 Jan. 2015
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I wouldn't buy any brand of dishwasher tablets other than Finish - I've tried many others over the years and they never compare. Having said that, I'm not convinced these ones - All In 1 Max - are all that much better than the regular "Finish All In 1" which I normally use and which are half the price £10 for x78 rather than £20 for x74... i.e. 15p per tablet cheaper)... I won't be switching, purely for price reasons. But these are excellent nevertheless and perhaps they are marginally better - wine glasses do seem a bit less prone to streaks I think - but not so much it's super-obvious to me (although I nearly always use the Eco setting... maybe for longer, hotter cycles these come into their own?). The only really obvious difference is that these ones aren't individually wrapped... which, to me, isn't worth an extra 15p a go.


Dettol Power and Fresh Citrus Zest 80 Wipes (Pack of 4)
Dettol Power and Fresh Citrus Zest 80 Wipes (Pack of 4)
Price: £16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent antibac wipes but no better than the regular, cheaper Dettol wipes, 30 Jan. 2015
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I am something of a clean freak and a long-term advocate of antibac wipes... mostly for wiping down kitchen and bathroom surfaces and the hob, but also the kids' toys, door handles, toilet seats, bin lids etc. etc. Way more convenient that using sprays. I’m something of a connoisseur, having tried most of the wipes on offer – my main bugbears are wipes that are too wet or dry, or too thin to tackle dried-on food etc. I find that you do get what you pay for, to an extent, and I am brand-loyal to Dettol… I normally get the regular Dettol Anti Bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes (that come in packs of 72). Those are 576 wipes for £12 on Amazon. These are 320 wipes for £16. I was expecting a superior product but cannot really see how these ‘Power and Fresh’ ones differ much, aside from their citrus scent… they are maybe ever-so slightly less moist/soapy, but it’s marginal. Don’t get me wrong these are excellent wipes; just no more excellent than a similar product that’s a fair bit cheaper. So my advice would be stick to the regular Dettol Anti Bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes (the ones that come in packs of 72) unless a lemon scent really matters to you.


Micro Scalextric 1:64 Scale Hyper Cars Race Set
Micro Scalextric 1:64 Scale Hyper Cars Race Set
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Scalextric for toddlers! Mostly brilliant, but a couple of gripes..., 12 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The basic principle of 'Micro Scalextric' is spot-on... it's simply a shrunk-down version of the regular slot car racing set that's been going since the 50s, complete with magnets located in the chasses of the cars, and an adjustable throttle, so they're less likely to shoot off the track (something that happens notoriously often on the big version when taking corners at speed). That's important because younger children would quickly tire of the game if the car was regularly coming off... it also slightly takes the skill element out of the equation, but most toddlers won't be complaining about that. The cars are tiny: 7cm long. They're pretty responsive and shoot around, although we did have a few annoying teething problems where squeezing the trigger seemingly wasn't doing anything; I think perhaps the cars weren't aligned perfectly... bit fiddly. The track is short (355 cm long) and has a small enough footprint to fit in even our small, cluttered living room. You get 2 cars... but my main bugbear is that the remote controls aren't cordless- they plug into the mains, meaning you must setup near a socket and, more annoyingly, that the flexes can get in the way... I guess this comes with the benefit of not shelling out extra on batteries though, so for some this maybe a plus.


Childs Farm hair & body wash in organic sweet orange 250ml
Childs Farm hair & body wash in organic sweet orange 250ml
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, orange-scented shower/bath gel suitable for sensitive skin, 7 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nice shower/bath gel, foams/lathers and washes well and has a very distinctive orange aroma, quite surprisingly strong I thought, but rather pleasantly so. Tried it on myself and my kids; we are all eczema prone and it didn’t aggravate. Slightly bemused by the ‘98% natural ingredients’ boast: how does that compare to elsewhere, and what about the other 2%? Also, only one of the ingredients is organic: the orange oil (which I guess accounts for the distinctive scent).


I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
Price: £11.45

1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned: this is a CD-R; not a proper CD, 29 Dec. 2014
Great album but this is not an authentic, regular CD. It is in fact nothing more than a CD-R (i.e. recordable media) manufactured on-demand by Amazon (in Germany). This is clearly printed on the rear of the CD but is not stated on the item page on Amazon.co.uk, which is highly misleading.


Verbatim 52619 LED Classic A B22 6 Watt Light Bulb
Verbatim 52619 LED Classic A B22 6 Watt Light Bulb
Offered by UK Home & Garden Store Ltd
Price: £7.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Old school-shaped, c.40-60w-equiv. energy saving bulb, 24 Dec. 2014
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Bayonet cap lightbulb that purports to emit 40w equivalent light but in my view exceeds that a little. It's currently lighting up my living room just fine, hanging on a basic pendant. The light itself has a slight yellowish hue rather than being totally 'pure'. Unlike some energy saving bulbs, this one fires up instantly and doesn't have the twisty/tubular shape; it's shaped just like a classic, old-school bulb, which personally I prefer the look of. Not sure if that justifies the price-tag, mind. Couldn't possibly comment on longevity as I've only been using it for a couple of weeks. One point of notice: it's not dimmable.


Mimic Me Voice Recording Unit
Mimic Me Voice Recording Unit
Price: £16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Low tech recording device to aid bird mimicry, 24 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Subject line says it all really: extremely low tech device about which there's precious little to report since it does nothing other than record 10 seconds' worth of audio (i.e. your voice) which it will then playback on a loop, either for a couple of hours or else ad infinitum (these being the only two settings). There's no volume control and no option to store multiple recordings. Playback quality is surprisingly good and the device itself is very small, although being garish bright green, not exactly discreet.


Paul Lamond The Story Telling Game
Paul Lamond The Story Telling Game
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective multi-player game, 24 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Most half-decent multi-player games have a simple premise and this one's no different: the game comprises nothing but a selection of cards, each with various words and visual cues. The aim, as the title suggests, is to tell a story, using an opening sentence that features words on the card you've been dealt, against the clock (an electronic timer/buzzer is included); the following players each expand on the same story, one sentence at a time, using words from their own cards, until the time's up, at which point whoever's talking must collect all the cards that were played that round. First person to play all their cards wins. Technically playable with 2 players but really and truly only any good with 3 or 4 plus. Kind of the storytelling version of Pictionary or Taboo, although there's no teamwork element to this one. To be honest, the premise is so simple that you could easily enough make your own version with little more than Post-its and a stopwatch.... but for £6.50 you can't grumble.


El Nino [DVD]
El Nino [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jesús Castro
Price: £18.68

3.0 out of 5 stars Tense and gripping Spanish drug-trafficking-thriller, 24 Dec. 2014
This review is from: El Nino [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's shades of Michael Man/Paul Greengrass to some of action scenes in this thriller, which, through a little over-long and lacking real directorial distinctiveness, nevertheless packs plenty of whollop . We follow two main characters: veteran cop Jesús - desperately trying to bring down a drug smuggling kingpin working out of Gibraltar - and the titular El Niño, a young local boy who works fixing motorboats and dreams of bigger things. Predictably enough, he falls into working as a drugs mule and ends up running his own small-scale smuggling operation to make some fast money, getting in way over his head with the real hardened criminals and in so doing being brought to the attentions of Jesús. Save for a rather soupy lovey dovey subplot and some ropey dialogue, the film works really well: the drugs set pieces get nicely tense and the action scenes, for which the director employs a refreshingly economical style, are excellent: jet skis/speedboat/car/helicopter chases and several superb helicopter sequences, are all intelligently shot and served up sans CGI, hence the Mann/Greengrass comparison.


Soil
Soil
by Jamie Kornegay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Overwritten dark comedy, 24 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Soil (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not into this. Korenegay's prose feels very mannered and self-conscious to me... he can certainly write, but it all feels laboured and stilted and 'worked at' rather than natural. Reading it felt like a chore. The publisher's tagline “The Coen Brothers meet Crime and Punishment - with a Mississippi twist” is pure hubris and way off beam, except to connote the vaguely Southern noir stylings.


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